Thabo Mbeki celebrates his 76th birthday: 5 Facts about the former SA president

Thabo Mbeki celebrates his 76th birthday: 5 Facts about the former SA president

On Monday, 18 June, former South African head of state, Thabo Mbeki, celebrated his 76th birthday.

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The ANC was among many to take to wish the former president a very happy birthday.

"The ANC wishes Comrade Thabo Mbeki a wonderful 76th birthday, filled with health, more wisdom and immense joy," the party said in a statement.

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In honour of Mbeki's birthday, Briefly.co.za decided to gather five facts about the former South African president.

1. Where it all started

The former head of state was born Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki on 18 June 1942 in Idutywa, Transkei, to father Govan Mbeki and mother Epainette.

Both his parents were teacher but his dad had interests in politics as well. His father became a leader of the ANC and he was even in prison with Nelson Mandela.

2. A born leader

From a young age Mbeki took the struggle of his people very serious. CNN reported he was expelled from school as a teenager for organising a student strike.

3. Mbeki has an international education

In 1961, Mbeki studied Economics at the University of London. He went on to obtain his Master's degree in Economics at the University of Sussex in Brighton in 1966.

4. Mbeki's wife and love affair

The former head of state married Zanele Dlamini Mbeki in 1974 and they remained married until this day.

In 1959, at the age of 16, Mbeki fathered a child, Monwabisi Kwanda Mbeki, with his then high-school sweetheart, Olive Mphahlwa.

5. The mysterious case of Mbeki's missing son

Monwabisi Kwanda Mbeki, aka Kwanda, disappeared after he wanted to joined his father in exile in Swaziland. But, he never made it and it has since been presumed that he had been killed by Apartheid government forces.

Briefly wishes former president Thabo Mbeki a happy birthday.

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